Council also hosted a Closed Meeting, making for the fourteenth of the in camera sessions for 2022.
The details related to the reasons for the behind closed door gathering can be reviewed.
Monday also brought a Committee of the Whole session, the Agenda the focus for that element of the night is available here.
Further information from our overview and placement in the video archives can be found below, with the permanent record of the council minutes added as they are posted to the city website.
In attendance Monday, July 25, 2022
Mayor Lee Brain -- Absent
Councillor Nick Adey -- Present
Councillor Barry Cunningham -- Present
Councillor Blair Mirau -- Present (Participated Remotely)
Councillor Reid Skelton-Morven -- Present
Councillor Wade Niesh -- Present
Councillor Gurvinder Randhawa -- Present
Video Archive for Monday, July 25, 2022
Committee of the Whole Session
( 0:00 - 14:00 ) Committee of the Whole Session for Monday, July 25, 2022
Councillor Reid Sketlon-Morven served as Chair for the session
Adoption of the Agenda
Petitions and Delegations
Public Comment Period on any other notes of interest
Two members of the Public came forward to speak on the night.
Larry Golden made inquiries about the status of the mayoralty salary at the end of this current term for Council.
City Manager Rob Buchan advised him that the current salary structure would remain in place after the next election, unless the newly elected Mayor had an interest in reopening the topic.
A second participant on the evening was Marc Page, who provided council with an extensive review of his past volunteer work with youth in the city, as well as some of his past work with the City on youth engagement.
Then turning the topic of discussion towards his hopes to return to civic employ towards those themes, but finding the city's vaccine policy was now an impediment to that employment possibility.
The conversation was then quickly terminated by City Manager Rob Buchan, who reminded Council that when it came to Labour issues for the City, that topic should only be discussed in camera ( closed session) and not in a public setting.
Council members did suggest that may invite Mr. Page to a closed session in the future to hear his comments related to the vaccination issue. As well, he did leave behind some of his notes from his abandoned presentation for the City's administrator.
Reports, Questions and Inquiries from members of Council
None of the council members had comments to share.
Adjournment to Reconvene to Regular Council Session
Regular Council Session
( 14:00 --15:00 ) Adoption of Agenda and Past minutes -- Councillor Skelton-Morven reviewed the agenda for the evening and Council will adopt the minutes of past meetings.
(15:00 -18:00) Presentation from City Manager Rob Buchan -- The City Manager provided council with an update on his recent attendance at a Planning conference and presented council with an award that the City received at the event. The award was related to the City's work on the Official Community Plan and 2030 Vision program. Mr. Buchan noted of the two planning agencies that worked with the City on the 2030 project, as well as the local community participation towards both ventures, something that he noted the City Could take pride in.
Council members offered up their thanks and noted of the City Manager's involvement with the project as his first job for the city. They also thanked those who participated in the process along the way.
( 2:06:30 --2:12:00 ) Councillor Adey led off the final element of the night noting of the past plans for a Parks And Recreation review, advising of two groups he knows of waiting for it to move forward.
The City's planning staff outlined how the process is moving forward.
The Councillor also took advantage of the presence of the Director of Operations to ask about the progress for the ongoing work on McBride. Richard Pucci provided a short overview of the project noting how the end is in sight, with the city about three weeks away from paving.
He also outlined how the city's larger paving program will start after the long weekend.
Councillor Cunningham spoke to theme of transportation and outlined how there is still a desire of residents of Cedar Village to have a bus stop placed at their facility, he suggested the City should talk to BC Transit towards the topic.
Councillor Niesh had a question related to the demolition of the Jehovah Witness hall, he was advised that it should be taking place later this week.
Councillor Skelton-Morven spoke to the apology from Pope Francis earlier in the day and outlined the availability of the Indian Residential School Crisis Line for those who may be having challenges at this time.
The number of the crisis line is 1-866-925-4419, it is available 24 hours and is toll free.
With no other comments from the council membership the July 25th Council Session came to an end.
You can access our Council Archive of the July 25th Session here, where a number of items regarding the Council Session, including links to local media coverage can be found.
As always, our Council Timeline is only a reflection of our observations from the Council Session of the night. Be sure to consult with the official minutes from the City, when posted to their website for further review.
Official minutes of the Regular Council Session from July 25, 2022 (not available yet)
The Next Session for Prince Rupert City Council is set for Monday, August 22, 2022.